Romancing Wayanad- II

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I woke up to the sound of chirping of birds. When I glanced in the direction of our French windows, all glass panes were foggy.

IMG-20150818-WA0018 (1)I walked over to the balcony to get a glimpse of The Chembra Peak. I sat on a chair watching the mystique Chembra Peak engulfed in the morning fog.

Mystique Chambra Peak engulfed in morning fog.

Mystique Chambra Peak engulfed in the morning fog.

This view comes with background music of birds chirping.

This view comes with background music of birds chirping.

The mystery of Chembra Peak Unfolds.

The mystery of Chembra Peak Unfolds.

The view of the lush green tea, coffee estates & dense forest came with a cool breeze & background music played by hundreds of aviator friends. Wayanad was greeting, “Good Morning” in its own style. Enchanted by this little piece of heaven I sat there for few more minutes.

Healthy Kerala breakfast of Puttu, Appam & Avial.

Healthy Kerala breakfast of Puttu, Appam & Avial.

    A healthy, sumptuous breakfast of puttu, appam and avial was waiting for us at Planet Green’s restaurant. By the time, we finished our breakfast & started enjoying Planet Green’s in-house brewed coffee, the mystery of Chembra Peak started unfolding.

It was less what my eyes could see and more what soul could feel.

It was less what my eyes could see and more what soul could feel.

Tasting this cup of rich flavoured Wayanad coffee & looking at the tea, coffee estates in the valley was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It was less what my eyes could see & more what soul could feel.

Breathtakingly beautiful tea plantation near Chundale.

Breathtakingly beautiful tea plantation near Chundale.

    The first agenda of the day was to visit few more tea estates & Regional Coffee Research Station at Chundale. The tea plantation in this area was breathtakingly beautiful.

Lush green tea plantation.

Lush green tea plantation.

Western Ghat ranges in background.

Western Ghat ranges in the background.

We parked our car near a tea estate’s bungalow & started walking. I saw miles of lush green tea plantations with arrays of the Western Ghats in the background.The early morning rays & fresh air acted like alchemist for this panorama of houses, winding roads in the green hills of tea estates. I wished I could lie beneath a tree and read a book.

I wish I could lie beneath this tree, reading book.

I wished I could lie beneath this tree, reading book.

Life is beautiful.

Life is beautiful.

Winding roads in the tea estates.

Winding roads in the tea estates.

Wayanad tea, anyone?

Wayanad tea, anyone?

The early morning rays & fresh air in immersed the beauty.

The early morning rays & fresh air magnified the beauty.

We kept on clicking our shutterbugs till we reached back to Regional Coffee Research Station.

At Regional Coffee Research Station.

At Regional Coffee Research Station.

Coffee beans.

Coffee beans.

A walk amidst the coffee plantation.

A walk amidst the coffee plantation.

Shaiju introduced to us various varieties of Coffee plants like Arabica and Robusta. The walk was very informative & Shaiju promised us to show the method of home brewing of coffee in Wayanad. 

Our next pit stop was a Toddy Shop on the way to Suchipara Waterfalls. 

At a Kallu (Toddy) shop.

At a Kallu (Toddy) shop.

Our glasses of Toddy.

Our glasses of Toddy.

Toddy or Kallu is a mildly alcoholic beverage made from the sap of Palm trees. Toddy shop & its food is an integral part of Kerala culture. Toddy shop is the place for the Keralite to hang out with friends. The main delicacies on offer are tapioca, ducks, pork and fish curries. We finished 2 bottles of Toddy in this Kallu Shop. All booze lovers will be sad to know that Kerala government has recently imposed many restrictions on selling alcohol in Kerala but trying this exotic drink can be a good experience to boast about.

The path to Suchipara was well paved with steps going down deep in the valley. We could hear the roaring of mighty Suchipara Falls from a distance.

Road to Suchipara waterfalls.

Road to Suchipara waterfalls.

More tea.

.Tea, Wayanad tea anyone?

Walking towards Suchipara waterfalls.

Walking towards Suchipara waterfalls.

Descending steps of Suchipara falls.

Descending steps of Suchipara falls.

When we reached the last stretch of descending steps through dense foliage, the gushing stream of waterfall came into sight. The mighty Suchiapara was pouring out an enormous amount of water from the cliff.

The mighty Suchipara.

The mighty Suchipara.

Getting wet with showers.

Getting wet with showers.

The pool of Suchipara falls.

The pool of Suchipara falls.

It is one of the safest waterfalls to bath or swim because unlike other falls this one comes with a shallow pool.  Many families were enjoying the bath in this shallow pool. Though we didn’t venture into the water we were not spared by the water coming with the wind. We were completely wet by the time we left the waterfall area. There is one viewpoint on the path to the waterfall from where you can see the dense forest around.    

Dense forest around the valley.

The Dense forest around the valley.

After taking lemonade near the exit point, we got back in the car & moved towards Pookode Lake. This beautiful, natural freshwater lake near Vythiri is very scenic nestled among hills & forest.

Scenic Pookode nestled among hills & forest.

Scenic Pookode nestled among hills & forest.

Pookode Lake popular spot for families.

Pookode lake, a popular spot for the families

It is a complete family hangout spot with boating facility, Children Park, souvenir shops etc. This lake is famous for the pink & blue coloured flowers in it. I clicked many pictures of this carpet of pink flowers in the lake.

Love is in the air; hope it gets to the heart too ;-)

Love is in the air.

Beautiful Pookode Lake.

Beautiful Pookode Lake.

By now we were very hungry & decided to take lunch somewhere en route to Banasura Sagar Dam.

We had lunch at Coffee Grove restaurant. This small place is well known for very tastefully done interior & excellent food.

Coffee Grove Restaurant

Coffee Grove Restaurant

We decided to go vegetarian today as almost a complete Kerala Sadya was available in the menu. The best part was that we were also served ‘chukkuvellam’ traditional Kerala medicinal pink water.

Kerala Sadya with medicinal pink water.

Kerala Sadya with medicinal pink water.

The highlight of the trip was yet to come in the form of Banasura Sagar Dam. It is the biggest earthen dam in India on the backdrop of beautiful Banasura peak.

The first glimpse of Banasura Sagar Dam.

The first glimpse of Banasura Sagar Dam.

We were able to see the backwater of the dam from many miles before the actual dam. This area has become very popular with trekkers going to Banasura Hills.

Backwater of Banasura Sagar Dam.

Backwater of Banasura Sagar Dam.

The actual reservoir is very serene with alpine vistas around. There are many half-submerged islands in this lake.We had a thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes in the dam.

Getting ready for the thrill.

Getting ready for the thrill.

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Thrilling speed boat ride of 30 minutes

Chilling & thrilling.

Chilling & thrilling.

Serene, Sublime reservoir of Banasura Sagar.

Serene, Sublime reservoir of Banasura Sagar.

Banasura Sagar Hills.

Banasura Sagar Hills.

There are many semi-submerged islands in the lake.

There are many half submerged islands in the lake.

God’s own painting.

God’s own painting.

Hide & Seek of clouds & rays.

Hide & Seek of clouds & rays.

Every frame in this area is like a painting by almighty God. The dark clouds & sunrays were playing hide & seek with Banasura Hill range.

We decided to take benefit of the remaining sunlight by visiting Little Meenmutty Waterfalls before heading to Kalpetta Town. As promised earlier Shaiju showed us the coffee processing in Kalpetta.

Hemant on his way to Little Meenmutty.

Hemant on his way to Little Meenmutty.

Little Meenmutty.

Little Meenmutty.

 

3 Idiots.

3 Idiots.

Beauty of monsoons in Kerala.

The beauty of monsoons in Kerala.

Getting wet in the rain.

Getting wet in the rain.

Beauty of monsoons in Kerala.

The beauty of monsoons in Kerala.

At Planet Green, we summarised the places we couldn’t go in this trip. So the foundation of one more Wayanad trip was already laid. As we had to leave early to Kozhikode Airport for our flight back home so we decided to sleep early. By the way, who needs alcohol when you are already high on greenery & fresh air of God’s own country?

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35 responses to “Romancing Wayanad- II

  1. It’s awesome to read about an area that’s so famous for both tea and coffee- usually it’s just one or another. Hard to imagine a better place to have a hot cup with a view.

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  2. What a beautiful article – and beautiful blog! “Less what my eyes could see and more what my soul could feel” – you put this so well! Kerala looks absolutely amazing.
    Thank you very much for finding my blog too!! It’s early days but I’m really enjoying doing it…
    Warmest wishes & travels, from London:)
    Phil

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  3. We hear a lot about Kerala in Italy, for all the wrong reasons – the two army man who are still held imprisoned, waiting for trial. It is refreshing to actually see another side of it!

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    • Claudia I feel really sad about the misunderstanding between the two nations for the incidence. Actually people of Kerala & all Indians too are very kind. You are most welcome to India & Kerala is really God’s own country. I will post a paragraph form the book “Shantaram” here- “The Indians are the Italians of Asia”, Didier pronounced with a sage and mischievous grin. “It can be said, certainly, with equal justice, that the Italians are the Indians of Europe, but you do understand me, I think. There is so much Italian in the Indians, and so much Indians in the Italians. They are both people of the Madonna – they demand a goddess, even if the religion does not provide one. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is music inside the body, and music is food inside the heart. The Language of India and the language of Italy, they make every man a poet, and make something beautiful from every banalite. They are nations where love – amore, pyaar – makes a cavalier of a Borsalino on a street corner, and makes a princess of a peasant girl, if only for the second that her eyes meet yours.”
      “la ringrazio tanto”

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  4. Wonderful snaps, nice blog, love to visit gods own country. Each of your blog is beautifully written and every time I love to read. Keep updating and best luck for the next adventure. Thanks

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    • Thanks a lot for your wonderful feedback. I will suggest you must come to Kerala because what you see & read in my post is not even a fraction of natural beauty of God’s own country. Please go through the earlier post ” Romancing Wayanad 1″ too 🙂

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  5. I am saying this with complete honesty, you should write a book!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, I felt as if I was reading an amazing book with pictures to compliment it all. This place looks beyond stunning; I felt as if I were there viewing it with you, thanks for taking me along on your journey. ^_^

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  7. Dear Rakesh 🙂

    I have an observation to share about your blog.

    First of all kudos for these beautiful posts 🙂

    I loved reading and watching pictures. Learned Toddy, Sadya and Chukkuvellu. I am moved by natural scenery and wish I would visit it soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

    What was really different today?

    I was reading your post in Reader. There I can read without distractions. I felt blissful while reading it there. No distractions and picture size was also excellent.

    I honestly don't feel that good on your blog here, because too much space is taken by sidebar. Pictures appear narrower.

    Happy Janmashtami. 🙂

    Anand

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